Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's operas comprise 22 musical dramas in a variety of genres. They range from the small-scale, derivative works of his youth to the full-fledged operas of his maturity. Three of the works were abandoned before completion and were not performed until many years after the composer's death. His mature works are all considered classics and have never been out of the repertory of the world's opera houses.
From a very young age Mozart had, according to opera analyst David Cairns, "an extraordinary capacity [...] for seizing on and assimilating whatever in a newly encountered style (was) most useful to him". In a letter to his father, dated 7 February 1778, Mozart wrote, "As you know, I can more or less adopt or imitate any kind and style of composition". He used this gift to break new ground, becoming simultaneously "assimilator, perfector and innovator". Thus, his early works follow the traditional forms of the Italian opera seria and opera buffa as well as the German Singspiel. In his maturity, according to music writer Nicholas Kenyon, he "enhanced all of these forms with the richness of his innovation", and, in Don Giovanni, he achieved a synthesis of the two Italian styles, including a seria character in Donna Anna, buffa characters in Leporello and Zerlina, and a mixed seria-buffa character in Donna Elvira.
Each age sees its concerns reflected in Mozart ’s Don Giovanni, more acutely, perhaps, than in any other opera ...Clément acknowledges that this most complex of operas admits a multiplicity of interpretations, and she is often far from simplistic in ...
Growing up in Europe, Webb said he was always surrounded by the classical sounds of Mozart and Beethoven. Additionally, one of the military bases Webb lived on was near an opera house. Walkinghome from elementary school, Webb said he would take the long way so he could walk by the opera house and listen to the music being performed ... ....
Markets. Shongweni Farmers & CraftMarket. (today) The market offers fresh produce, arts and craft, clothing and jewellery, artisanal food and live entertainment. From 7am to 1pm. Also trades on the last Sunday of each month, from 8am to 1pm. Musgrave Market ...The RoyalOpera’s performance of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro on May 22 at 6pm ... Playhouse Opera.
This month Natalie is conducting NZ Opera’s latest production - Mozart’s relationship drama, Così fan tutte...Cate Blanchett how to direct an orchestra and about the unique position she occupies when conducting an opera performance ... NZ Opera. Mozart.
Mozart’s anti-hero can be many things, just as his opera can be read on multiple levels ... Analysing the piece and exposing the various theories and interpretations of Da Ponte’s libretto and Mozart’s music? It would take more than a page in the Guardian, and it’s the job of academics.